The smartphone problem

March 15, 2018 0

B2 Expressing preference 60 mins Let’s face it. We’re all addicted to our smartphones and other tech gadgets that supposedly make our lives easier. The lesson and the video titled “What SmartPhone Addiction Does to Your Brain” focus on that issue. Students can discuss their own experience with smartphones and consequences of their usage. To…

The future of spaceflight

February 13, 2018 2

C1 Expressions for talking about the future 60 mins In case you missed it, SpaceX launched a heavy-class reusable rocket on Feb 6. This historic event inspired us to design a lesson plan concerning future (full of expressions to talk about probability and make predictions). Even if you're not fully familiar with SpaceX and the…

B2 Scrum/Project vocabulary 80 mins Agile project management has been the buzzword among software developers for years. Many IT companies use this approach as their work methodology but many non-IT enterprises have started turning towards Agile as well. The most popular Agile approach is Scrum. In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to learn the basics of Scrum, some…

LEVEL C1 FOCUS Debate / Vocabulary extension TIME  60 min (incl. 5 min video)   Here is another lesson brought to you thanks to TED Talks and this time their TED Ed programme (explore it as it is perfect authentic material for ESL teachers). This time the lesson focuses on debating skills and vocabulary for expressing…

LEVEL B2 FOCUS Vocabulary: startup jargon TIME  60 min (incl. 6:30 min video) As most teachers wanted us to prepare more lessons about technology and business, this lesson plan combines both of these worlds as it focuses on startup as a business model. During this TED lesson, students will learn useful jargon from the Silicon Valley and…

LEVEL B1 FOCUS Listening Comprehension TIME 45-50 min If you want to know how big data, tattoos, immortality and the Greeks are connected watch this short TED talk titled Your online life, permanent as a tattoo by Juan Enriquez. The lesson based on that speech deals with such issues as privacy online and effects of sharing personal information in social media.…

LEVEL B2 FOCUS Speaking: debate TIME 45 min This lesson focuses on the future of work. The big question here is whether robots will take over our jobs or not. During the lesson students will watch a short TED talk by A. Goldbloom called "The jobs we'll lose to machines — and the ones we won't"…

LEVEL B2 FOCUS Listening comprehension TIME 40 min + 7 min video James Veitch is one of the funniest TED speakers. In his speech "The agony of trying to unsubscribe" he delivers a hilarious story about marketing emails and how to deal with them in an amusing way. Students will laugh out loud watching this 7-minute…

LEVEL B2 FOCUS Vocabulary: SMS language TIME 45 min + 13 min video The lesson plan is based on a very interesting speech titled "Txtng is killing language. JK!!!" by John McWhorter. The talk touches upon the development of language, especially in terms of SMS. The worksheet includes many various exercises. The lesson starts with a…

LEVEL C1 FOCUS Vocabulary: Synonyms TIME 50 min + 10 min video    "Can technology solve our big problems?" is a question asked by Jason Pontin in his TED talk and a starting point for this ESL lesson. In this 2-page worksheet, students will learn new advanced vocabulary and their synonyms, watch an intriguing video and have…